I’m in my Nike workout clothes, but I’m not in the “Just Do It” state of mind. I’m dreading today’s workout. I think it’s going to be a bit challenging. You see it’s time for me to increase the incline and resistance on my elliptical walker. After weeks of doing the same routine and working out at the same intensity level, I hit a plateau in my fitness quest.
I work out three to four days a week, and I put in at least 30 minutes on my elliptical walker each workout. The time, energy and effort paid off. I’m much more toned and physically fit. When I started my workout program three and a half months ago I was twelve pounds heavier and could only do 15 minutes on my elliptical walker at the lowest settings. I’m pleased with my progress, but I still have a few more pounds and inches to lose.
Sometimes in life as in a workout routine we hit a place where everything seems to flow without much effort or energy on our part. The living is easy and we get comfortable. If we are not careful we get too comfortable and it becomes difficult to move beyond where we are even when we know that our current routine will not get us where we want to be. Unfortunately for me, I don’t enjoy working out, so I would be content to stay in my present workout comfort zone. But the reality is that I to have move beyond what has become somewhat of a leisurely stroll on my elliptical walker if I want to reach my fitness goals. I may not enjoy the additional challenge of kicking up my workout, but I know that I will be pleased with the results that show on my body and in my health.
What comfort zone are you in? Are you delaying a goal or saying no to a new opportunity just to stay with what you know? Whether it’s a career change, a new relationship, or a different workout routine, many of us opt to continue with the status quo because it’s easy even if what we’re doing will not get us to where we want to be. We can come up with plenty of reasons for staying where we are. “Now is not the right time. I don’t have enough money, education, experience…” The list of why we cannot or should not do something is endless.
But rather than focusing on the ‘why nots’ lets look at the ‘what ifs’. What if we step out and do something new? We may find that the living is easier in our new place and that staying in our comfort zone may be doing us more harm than good. Not all change is easy or right for us, but sometimes change is necessary if we want to do something that we’ve never done before. Life is about growth and growth brings change. So lets venture outside of our comfort zone and change it up!
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein